Festival Internacional de Cortometraje UVAQ (14)


01 Mar 2021
Call for entries

15 Mar 2021
Early deadline

30 Apr 2021
Standard deadline

21 May 2021
Late deadline

21 May 2021
Festival closed

28 May 2021
Notification date

14 Jun 2021
18 Jun 2021


Avenida Juan Pablo II No. 555,  58090, Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico

Festival description
Short film festival 15'<

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Online and Physical Location
 January 2019
 Production countries: Any
 Shooting countries: Any
 Director nationalities: Any
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  15'<
 Any language
English Spanish
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Festival start: 14 June 2021      Festival end: 18 June 2021

We invite you to participate in the Fourteenth Edition of the Festival Internacional de Cortometraje UVAQ, that will take place from June 14th to 18th, 2021 with a hybrid model (online and in person) in the city of Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico.

It remains to be determined whether the Festival format will be 100% online, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In case that the organization considers it, the transmission will be scheduled only by Streaming, prior agreement with the selected filmmakers.

We recommend reading the entire call before registering your short films.

The Universidad Vasco de Quiroga (UVAQ) summons students, ex-students, film students, communication, animation, visual arts, multimedia and related careers from public and private universities, as well as the general public, filmmakers, independent filmmakers and professionals from the Mexican Republic and abroad, to participate in the Fourteenth Edition of the Festival Internacional de Cortometraje UVAQ, which will take place from June 14th to 18th, 2021 in the city of Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico.

1. Participants must accomplish the following requirements to be accepted in the different categories.

2. Registration for the 14th Edition will be from March 1, 2021, until May 21, 2021, at 11:59 pm Mexico time (GMT-06:00).

3. Participants may submit in the following categories:

- Documentary Short Film:
Facts taken from reality with informational or didactic character.
Maximum duration: 15 minutes (including credits). *

- Fiction Short Film:
Imaginary events and characters.
Maximum duration: 10 minutes (including credits). *

- Animated Short Film:
Stories told through different styles: 2D, 3D, Stop Motion, Claymation, and other techniques.
Maximum duration: 10 minutes (including credits). *

- Experimental Short Film:
New ways to express experiences, feelings or emotions.
Maximum duration: 10 minutes (including credits). *

- Conciencia UVAQ Short Film:

Environmental and social problem.

Maximum duration: 10 minutes (including credits). *

* The Committee of Selection may make exceptions.

4. The registration of Short Films is exclusively online in Festhome platform.

5. If you are a student, send an email to festivalcine@uvaq.edu.mx with a copy of your Student ID (current). You will receive a (unique) code, with which your movie will be registered for free.

Specify on which platform the short film will be registered.

Subject of the mail: "(name of the short film) – Student code request”.

6. Students and teachers of any academic level that belong to the Universidad Vasco de Quiroga can participate in the Festival Internacional de Cortometraje UVAQ.
In the case of teachers, they can register short films to be selected only out of competition, they are not eligible to win in any of the categories. To register, you must send a photograph of your valid oficial credential that accredits you as part of the UVAQ to receive a free registration code via the email festivalcine@uvaq.edu.mx; without this requirement, you will not be able to participate unless you cover your registration fee by paying 100% corresponding to the date of your registration.

7. Short films from all countries are accepted.

8. Incomplete projects are not accepted.

9. Productions made from 2019 may participate.

10. There’s no restriction of the original format of the film (from Smartphone to any type of camera).

11. There’s no limit of work’s registrations by producer or distributor. However, each of the works must be registered separately.

12. Each of the films must be registered in a single category.

13. Short films that have participated in other editions of this Festival cannot be registered.

14. Video clips or other work that has commercial or propagandistic content will be banned.

15. To be selected it’s not required to be a Premiere in Mexico; short films that have already exhibited at other Festivals, may participate.

16. Registration doesn’t guarantee acceptance at the Festival.

17. For the selection process, all registered short films, whose language is different from Spanish, must have subtitles in Spanish or english.

18. The Organization Committee will make the Official Selection for each category based on the following criteria: concept, interpretation, technical and artistic excellence, originality and innovation.

19. The authors of the selected works will be contacted by email, also will be notified on the registration platform.

20. The Official Selection will be announced on May 28, 2021, on the official website and social networks of the Festival.

21. Once the short films have been selected, the filmmakers will have a deadline, notified by email to rectify their information.

22. All selected films must provide:
- Short film (Full HD with minimum resolution of 1080p - H.264).
- Synopsis (in english and Spanish).
- Technical Specifications (short film credits; city, state or province & country; year of production and duration of the film).
- Poster (JPG 300 DPI).
- 3 frames of the film (JPG 300 DPI).
- Director’s photo (JPG 300 DPI).
- Short film trailer (optional).
- Press Kit (optional).

23. Selected films spoken in Spanish for the exhibition at the Festival, must have subtitles in english (embedded in the file); films spoken in english must have subtitles in Spanish (embedded in the file); and the short films not spoken in Spanish or english, must have subtitles in both of this languages (embedded in the file). Those responsible for production undertake to deliver an exhibition copy with these requirements.

24. The awards Committee (Qualifying Jury) will be composed of three experts.

25. The decisions of the Selection and Award Committees are not subject to appeal, and within the criteria of the experts in the Committees, for this reason no explanation will be given to the filmmakers or producers of the non-selected films.

26. The Selected films may be part of an activity organized by the Festival Internacional de Cortometraje UVAQ during 2021 and early 2022 (before the 15th Festival) without profit or cost of any type for attendees and venues.

27. The material sent from the selected works will be used for dissemination and promotion of the Festival. An extract from the short film, no more than 20% of the total duration of the film, will be used in case of not having a promotional trailer.

28. The Organization Committee of this Festival will establish the dates, times and places of exhibition of each selected film. They will be announced on the official website and social networks.

29. All selected films will be retained by the Committee as part of the film collection on the Festival Internacional de Cortometraje UVAQ.

30. No short film may be withdrawn from the Festival program after the its Official Selection.

31. The Festival will not pay for the exhibition rights (Screening Fees) of any material.

32. The short film must be registered by a headline (preferably producer or director), this, in case of winning, the prize will be awarded with the name of registration.

33. Registration holders are responsible for the rights of their works.

34. According to the legislation in the matter, elements of the short film such as soundtrack, script, characters and others, must be original, unless the acquisition of the corresponding rights is proven. Any case of plagiarism will be automatically disqualified.

35. We point out plagiarism in two situations: a reproduction without authorization; or, essentially incorporating content of a work into another to attribute a creation that’s not own.

36. By registering, you declare and guarantee you have full legal right and authority to present the project for consideration by Festival Internacional de Cortometraje UVAQ and all the necessary consents, licenses and approvals have been obtained. In the event that the film is accepted by the Festival, it grants the rights to use the material for non-commercial promotional purposes of this Festival, without limitations.

37. In any case diffusion will be made for commercial purposes.

38. The holder of the registration will indemnify the organizers of the Festival Internacional de Cortometraje UVAQ against claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), procedures and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or third-party claims.

39. Registration and participation in the 14th edition of this Festival implies full acceptance of these regulations.

40. All selected works will receive Official Selection Laurels and winning works will receive Winner Laurels, Award and Certificate.
The categories to be awarded are:
- Best Documentary Short Film.
- Best Fiction Short Film.
- Best Animation Short Film.
- Best Experimental Short Film.
- Best Conciencia UVAQ Short Film.
- Best Poster.

41. There will be a unique and unappealable winner in each of the categories and if the Award Committee considers it so, will be Honorable Mentions.

42. The Jury will have the power to declare some category as deserted.

43. The list of the winning projects of the 14th Edition of the Festival Internacional de Cortometraje UVAQ will be published in the official website and social networks for the knowledge and consideration on June 18, 2021.

44. Any prize awarded that isn’t received at the Closing Ceremony may be withdrawn at the offices of the Faculty of Communication of the Universidad Vasco de Quiroga (UVAQ), in the city of Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico. Once the Festival is over, will be notified of delivery dates by email.

45. In case of not being able to collect the statuette, the shipping cost is responsibility of the person who registered the film.

46. Any situation not foreseen in this call, will be resolved by the Organization Committee of this Festival.

For more information: festivalcine@uvaq.edu.mx



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